Speech Team Gives Students a Chance to Raise Their Voices

By Andrew A Lee – Staff Writer

Aspiring to be a better actor? Itching to talk about issues crippling the nation as a whole? Want to become a better public speaker? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then seriously consider joining the Centennial Speech team next year for the 2012-2013 season.

What is Speech Team? According to Senior and Poetry/Prose captain Ashton Goodly, “Speech is a formal competitive acting and public speaking program where you can express yourself through performance art, honing presentation skills or just get courage to speak in front of a crowd.” There are thirteen distinct speaking events students can compete in from Extemporary speaking to Poetry Reading to Humorous Duet Acting.

One disclaimer; Speech team is NOT Debate team. While some events such as Informative Speaking touch upon some very important issues such as the right to vote, the events do not involve debating.

Why should one join speech team? “I like the freedom I have in acting” muses Ashton Goodly.  “The competition aspect doesn’t help either. I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty nice to get rewarded for your hard work and at the end of the day you can learn some pretty interesting things while competing.”

There are many reasons why one should join Speech Team. First of all, it is a great opportunity to get to know new people, win many trophies and medals for the team for their accomplishments and possibly compete in the state competition, and most importantly embark on a journey to find your own voice and become a better public speaker.  Those interested in joining next year’s Speech Team should speak with Mr. Carlson or Ms. Lill about how to get involved.